Beef­ing-up show com­pe­ti­tion

Shepparton News - Country News - - MAN’S BEST FRIEND - By Alana Chris­tensen

It’s set to be the largest show­ing of Speckle Park at the Royal Mel­bourne Show, with Pine Lodge stud Jack­un­gah Speckle Park hop­ing to put in a good show­ing at this year’s event with 10 cows.

Hav­ing se­cured Re­serve Se­nior Cham­pion Cow last year, stud owner Jack Nel­son said he hoped they would per­form well for their sev­enth year at the show when the Speckle Park Fea­ture Show be­gins on Septem­ber 30.

The beef breed orig­i­nated in Canada and an­i­mals are pre­dom­i­nately black and white, known for their unique speck­led hips and shoul­ders.

‘‘There’s about 90 en­tered this year so hope­fully we’ll be able to get one up near the top,’’ Mr Nel­son said.

‘‘It’ll be strong com­pe­ti­tion — it’s a record num­ber of en­tries so it’ll be the big­gest Speckle Park show (held at the Royal Mel­bourne Show).

‘‘It’s gone well for us be­fore, a cou­ple of cows in par­tic­u­lar, but it’s a big­ger com­pe­ti­tion this year so it’ll be tough. It’ll be a qual­ity event.’’

Mr Nel­son said the stud had spent the past four months pre­par­ing its show cat­tle, with daily wash­ing to en­sure the dis­tinc­tive speck­led pat­tern is primed for show day. ■ Com­pe­ti­tion starts at 10.30 am on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30 at the live­stock pavil­ion at the Mel­bourne Show­grounds.

Show­girl . . . Jack­un­gah Speckle Park’s Jack Nel­son with last year’s Re­serve Se­nior Cham­pion Cow.

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